Phase three of vaccination programme to begin in May

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is anticipating phase three of the state Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to begin in May and it is subjected to the vaccine supply.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said that for the vaccination roll-out plan, Sarawak was on track and so far, about 279 venues throughout the state had been identified as vaccination centres for the remaining phases for the vaccination.

“All Residents in the 12 divisions are working very hard with their Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) to prepare for the arrival of the vaccines.

“The second phase of the vaccination roll-out plan where appointments have been given out by the Special Committee of Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) will begin on April 19 onwards,” he said.

Abang Johari added that Phase 2 would focus on the elderly and those who had comorbidities.

He stated this during a press conference on the enforcement of the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Monday (April 19).

“The Sarawak government is ever ready to assist with the National Immunisation Plan to expedite its rollout plan.

“That is why I have approved the setting up the Sarawak Covid-19 Advisory Group (Scovag) by a group of experts to keep Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) updated on global vaccine news, research and advise us on the vaccines suitable for Sarawakians and set up the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force Sarawak (CITF) team to deal with the coordination of the Covid-19 vaccine preparedness,” he said.

For the supply of vaccines, the chief minister said that he had given the green light for Sarawak to purchase sufficient amounts to expedite the immunisation coverage for Sarawakians.

“SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas had met with the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation who is also the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister last week to discuss legal obligations for Sarawak to purchase its supply of vaccines.

“And he has given his assurance that they will support in supplying Sarawak with enough vaccines to meet our goal to complete the vaccination plan by the end of August (this year),” he said.

The chief minister urged those who had not yet registered for the vaccination to do so either on the JKJAV’s website at https://www.vaksincovid.gov.my/, MySejahtera application or register at the nearest District Offices or Resident Offices.

“I would like to ensure the public that it is the utmost priority of the Sarawak government under the stewardship of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to safeguard Sarawak interests and to bring Sarawak and its people to greater height,” said Abang Johari.